Buying Vintage Lighters on Ebay: Our guide to pricing.

So, you know the vintage lighter you want to purchase, how do you know you’re getting a fair price?

Functional or Collectible?

Zippo Slim
Zippo Slim USS SEATTLE

One important variable to consider before buying vintage lighters on EBay is your purpose for the lighter. Are you planning to use it or are you simply adding another lighter to your collection to admire?

I’ll use myself as an example. The most important aspect of collecting and repairing lighters for me is that they succeed at making fire. I don’t really care about collectability. I care a ton about quality. I care most of all that it lights when I need it to. If it won’t make fire then it is just a curio and I don’t really have a lot of space in my life for things of that sort. Continue reading “Buying Vintage Lighters on Ebay: Our guide to pricing.”

Are Vintage Cigarette Lighters Collectibles? Maybe

Is there any real value in all those so-called collectible lighters?

Zippo, Ronson, Dunhill and the like…

We’ve all heard the distinctive “ping” sound made famous by the classic Zippo Windproof Lighter. Less common but just as useful is the American made Dunhill Service Lighter or trench lighter which may actually be the most dependable lighter that I myself have ever owned. And how about those old fancy Ronson Case and Table lighters? If you’re asking, “Are vintage cigarette lighters collectibles?” Continue reading “Are Vintage Cigarette Lighters Collectibles? Maybe”